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Frankie Edgar to face Champion Max Holloway at UFC 218

The Toms River native is set for third shot at UFC featherweight gold.

Third times a charm? New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar is set for his third attempt at UFC Featherweight gold.

The former lightweight champion will face the UFC Feather champion Max Holloway at UFC 218 on Dec 2. The main event title bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported the news Tuesday evening.


Edgar (22-5-1) is on a two fight win streak with wins over Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens. The 35-year-old faced former featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 200 last July. Edgar lost via unanimous decision, making Aldo the interim champion. Edgar’s first shot at the 145-pound strap was in his featherweight debut in February of 2013, when Aldo was the reigning champion.

Holloway (18-3) unified the featherweight strap at UFC 212 in June, where he defeated Aldo via TKO in the third round. The 25-year-old has been on a tear through the division since 2013, where he was last defeated by Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen.

Road back to the Title

Win 22–5–1 Yair Rodríguez TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 211 May 13, 2017
Win 21–5–1 Jeremy Stephens Decision (unanimous) UFC 205 November 12, 2016
Loss 20–5–1 José Aldo Decision (unanimous) UFC 200 July 9, 2016 – For the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship. 
Win 20–4–1 Chad Mendes KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter: McGregor vs. Faber Finale December 11, 2015
Win 19–4–1 Urijah Faber Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber May 16, 2015
Win 18–4–1 Cub Swanson Submission (neck crank) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson November 22, 2014
Win 17–4–1 B.J. Penn TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale July 6, 2014
Win 16–4–1 Charles Oliveira Decision (unanimous) UFC 162 July 6, 2013
Loss 15–4–1 José Aldo Decision (unanimous) UFC 156 February 2, 2013 – Featherweight debut. For the UFC Featherweight Championship. 


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Kristine is a Managing Editor for as well as UFC/MMA Lead Writer. She also hosts a column known as Fighting Words.
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